Situated approximately 40 minutes north of Raleigh, North Carolina, Henderson is a growing are with a history rich in textile and industry. Today, the area is focused on attracting and retaining business that offer growth and advancement for the area as a whole.
The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of the business community in matters that affect the ability of local businesses to prosper and grow, and the ability of Henderson and Vance County to attract new business.
* Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Events
* Referrals (verbal and internet)
* Brochure/ business card display
* Internet exposure
* Online Membership Directory (updated daily, multiple categories available)
* Printed Membership Directory/ Quality of Life Guide
* Exclusive advertising opportunities
In addition to the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic and Development Commission (EDC), is a department of Vance County and funded through the Board of Commissioners. The Board is comprised of business and governmental leaders of the community and are appointed by the County Board of Commissioners and the City of Henderson City Council. The EDC maintains a close working relationship with other economic development partners in state government and entities, utilities, real estate, and regional economic development organizations.
The EDC is ready to assist you in your location and expansion needs.
Visit the Henderson – Vance County Economic Development Commission website
North Carolina Commerce has monies available for Building Re-use up to $500,000 depending on number of employees and upfit cost of building. Brewery Projects may qualify. Contact North Carolina Department of Commerce At 301 N. Wilmington Street, 4301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4301. Phone number: 919-814-4600. For details see this PDF on NORTH CAROLINA INCENTIVES.
NORTH CAROLINA BUILDING REUSE PROGRAM
Vance County and the City of Henderson are TIER 1 communities.
The program for the renovation of vacant buildings is a loan through the local jurisdiction that is converted to a grant once the agreed upon employment is retained for two consecutive quarters.
Up to $12,500 per full-time employee. Maximum award of $500,000.
Company type must be representative of Priority Industry Table. Jobs must meet the county weekly wage standard & provide 50% of employer-paid health insurance.
Up to 10,000 per full-time employee. Maximum award of $500,000. Any type company is eligible. Jobs must meet county weekly wage standard & provide 50% of employer-paid health insurance.
Up to $5,000 per full-time employee. Maximum award of $250,000. Any type company is eligible. No wage standard is required & no employer-paid health insurance is required.
LOCAL FINANCIAL INCENTIVES:
Building Incentive Grant: An economic incentive to encourage new business development and entrepreneurship, while promoting rehabilitation in the downtown area and preserving the unique historic character of existing structures. Reimbursement is 10% of the up fit, interior improvements and fixtures cost up to $6,000. Restaurants (including Brew Pubs) can receive 15% of the total up fit costs up to $6,000.
Façade Incentive Grant: An economic incentive to promote rehabilitation in the downtown area while preserving the unique character of existing structures. Grant funds will be awarded as a percentage of the total project funds up to grant limit amounts ($2,500). A minimum investment of 50% of the awarded grant funds will be required from the participant.
Signage Incentive Grant: An economic incentive to encourage signage appropriate to the buildings and sites which they occupy. This includes Murals, New Signage, Updated Signage, and Restored Historic Signs. Grant money will be awarded as a percentage of the total project funds up to grant limit amounts ($1,500). A minimum investment or 75% of the awarded amount grant funds will be required from the participant.
City of Henderson Permitting Costs Grants: An economic incentive for the new downtown business owner. Can receive a grant for ALL of the City of Henderson permitting costs, water tap fee (up to a 1” tap) excluding fire protection and meter fee. Not to exceed $300.
Full-Time Employee(s) Grant: An economic incentive to provide a new downtown business $500/continuous full-time employee after the business has been open for 6 months. This would be a one-time grant not to exceed $2,000.
Low Interest Loan: A low interest loan is available to qualified individuals interested in opening a business or making improvements to an existing business. Funds available for up to 80% of project costs, not to exceed $25,000.